Open Air

Thursdays at 1pm

KALW’s weekly magazine of the performing arts in the Bay Area, featuring live interviews with musicians, choreographers, and actors, with occasional in-studio performances and ticket giveaways.  Produced by Niels Swinkels.

(For segment/guest suggestions, email david@kalw.org.)

 

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance talks with actor and writer Dan Hoyle about his one-man show ‘The Real Americans’, an account of a three month-trip across the U.S. in search of the true meaning of America and what it means to be American, currently at The Marsh SF in an updated version. Also, a conversation with journalist/playwright Sarah Shourd, who survived 410 days of solitary confinement as a political hostage in Iran in 2009/10 and created ‘The Box’, a piece of transformational theater about that experience, currently at Z Space in San Francisco. We will hear from Artistic Director Amy Mueller about the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2016; she brings along Walt McGough, one of the participating playwrights. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shines his reviewing light on cultural events around the Bay Area.

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; hear it live on Thursday, July 14 at 1pm.

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe has conversations with SAFEhouse Arts Executive Director Joe Landini about its ninth annual Summer Performance Festival, SPF9, currently at ODC Theater in San Francisco. SPF9 features ten programs over five days including ‘Reach’, a new piece by the Sarah Bush Dance Project, inspired by the lives & words of Isadora Duncan, Gertrude Stein & Ina Coolbrith, for which choreographer Sarah Bush joins us in the studio. Kelley Cutler, Human Rights organizer from the Coalition on Homelessness, and playwright Robin Bradford share details about ‘Low Hanging Fruit’, the story of four homeless women struggling to survive in a small tent encampment on LA’s Skid Row, presented in its San Francisco premiere by 3Girls Theatre Company, opening July 6. Plus, actor Clay David and founder of Bay Area Musicals (BAM), Matthew McCoy discuss the musical ‘La Cage aux Folles’, which closes BAM’s inaugural season.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday afternoon, July 7 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

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This week David talks with conductor Edwin Outwater about the San Francisco Symphony's "Summer with the Symphony" concert offerings - you'll also hear about this week's symphony performances of Mahler's "Symphony No. 2" from the two vocal soloists involved, mezzo Kelley O'Connor and soprano Karina Gauvin; 

This week, a visit with the legendary Ben Vereen, who has a solo show at Feinstein’s at the Nikko this week.  You’ll also hear about the many offerings at this year’s FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble & Devised Theater, about ACT’s world-premiere production of “Crack. Rumble.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Hope Mohr and composer Beth Wilmurt about their collaboration for the world premiere of ‘Manifesting’, a dance theater work inspired by art manifestos, this weekend at ODC in San Francisco. Amelia Rudolph, the artistic director of Bandaloop stops by to discuss her choreography for ‘#SFPublicCanvas’, a large-scale, multi-media, vertical dance performance that premieres on June 16 on the exterior of the Hastings School of Law building on Golden Gate Avenue.  Executive director Harvey Malloy is in the studio to talk about the ongoing Berkeley Festival and Exhibition. And comedian and story teller Ady Lady talks about her one-woman show ‘From Piss to Bliss’, currently at The Marsh SF.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, June 9, at 1pm.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Voices of Music Director Hanneke van Proosdij about the ensemble’s upcoming performance at the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, together with ‘Queen of the Baroque Violin’, Rachel Podger. Also, a conversation with the President of the Cole Porter Society, Noah Griffin, about the birthday celebration for the great songwiter, this weekend at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Magen Solomon, artistic director of the SF Choral Artists stops by to discuss the collaboration with Baroque string ensemble Galax Quartet in ‘21st-Century Baroque’. Christy Bolingbroke  joins us in the studio  to  discuss the   ODC   Summer Season and Walking Distance Festival. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson offers some suggestions for summer reading.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Bill Hocker

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actress Kathleen Chalfant, about the current Berkeley Rep production of “For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday” in which she stars. Also, a conversation with conductor Ming Luke and tenor Brian Thorsett, about the upcoming (June 3-5) Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra’s performance of Britten’s “War Requiem” – Thorsett will also talk about his role in Curious Flight’s production of Mark Blitztein’s “Airborne Symphony”, this coming weekend.  Actor Corey Fischer stops by to discuss his show “Lightning in the Brain” at The Marsh SF, through July 9; and Rob Melrose and Paul Walsh share details about August Strindberg’s “A Dreamplay”, in a new translation at the Cutting Ball Theatre, opening this weekend.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, May 26 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Ken Levin

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with singer, pianist and entertainer Michael Feinstein, who returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko to celebrate its 3rd anniversary. Also, a conversation with Canadian dancer, performance artist and comedienne Sara Porter about her show ‘Sara Does a Solo’, this weekend at Fort Mason in San Francisco, as part of the 2016 SF International Arts Festival. Director Margo Hall stops by and shares details about the production of “Red Velvet” starring Carl Lumbly and Susi Damilano, currently at SF Playhouse. And political satirist Will Durst is in the studio to discuss his show ‘Elect to Laugh: 2016’, opening on May 24 at The Marsh SF, in which he gives his opinions and observations on the presidential election cycle.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, May 19 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

Andy Mogg

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Amy Lewis, who has enlisted five other Bay Area choreographers to each choreograph to one of J.S. Bach’s ‘Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello’, performed this weekend at the Community Music Center on Capp Street in San Francisco. Also, a conversation with Janet Koike and Ed Holmes about ‘Island City Waterways’, celebrating the past and present of Alameda, California, through music, dance, theater, storytelling and the visual arts, on May 21 and 22. Music Director Dr. Anne Hege and Bay Area composer Ann Callaway stop by to discuss the Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble presentation of ‘Songs of the Bygone: Traces of a Vanishing World,’, which features the premiere of Callaway’s “On Music and Nature: Three Hopkins Settings,” based on poems by 19th century English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. And Ethiopian-American singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero joins us in the studio to perform live and share details about the world premiere of her latest work ‘This Was Made Here: A Diasporic Odyssey’, which runs in the YBCA Forum May 19 - 21.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, May 12 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Gregory Goode

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to cellist Jennifer Kloetzel of the Cypress String Quartet, which is celebrating its 20th and final season by offering a series of pop-up concerts around San Francisco called ‘Beethoven in the City’. Unfortunately, the  planned conversation with Monique Hafen, who plays Charity in the Hillbarn production of the musical ‘Sweet Charity’, opening this weekend, could not take place because of an injury that the actress sustained. Actors John Walker and Pamela Gaye Walker stop by to discuss the world premiere of The Empty Nesters’ at Z Below in San Francisco. Native San Franciscan composer Mark Grey shares details about the premiere of his ‘Frankenstein Symphony’ with the Berkeley Symphony under Music Director Joana Carneiro; and regular contributor and critic at Large Peter Robinson reviews the new movie Francofonia.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday afternoon, May 5, 2016, at 1pm. Listen now or  anytime...

Monday, May 2 at 9pm:  The Berkeley Symphony’s season opening concert from 10/14/15.  Music Director Joana Carneiro with Ravel’s “Bolero,” “Laterna Magica” by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, and Hector Berlioz’s song cycle “Les nuits d'été” sung by Simone Osborne.

Monday, May 9 at 9pm:  The U.S. premiere of “Fachwerk” by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, featuring bayan (classical accordion) player Geir Draugsvoll, brass works by Italian Renaissance composer Giovanni Gabrieli, and Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” (from 12/3/15).

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Smuin Ballet’s artistic director Celia Fushille, about the season-ending program ‘Dance Series Two’, a world premiere by acclaimed choreographer Helen Pickett, set to an original score by ‘House of Cards’ composer Jeff Beal. Also, a conversation with composer Scrumbly Koldewyn, about his new musical ‘The Untamed Stage: Weimar Berlin Kabarett’, currently at The Hypnodrome in San Francisco. Composer Mason Bates shares details about the premiere of his new work ‘Auditorium’, by the San Francisco Symphony under conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shines his light on cultural events around the Bay Area, including Summer Shakespeare.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

Matthew Murphy

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with conductor Robert Geary about the performance by the San Francisco Choral Society of ‘King David’ by Arthur Honegger, this weekend at the First Unitarian Church in San Francisco. Also, a conversation with Jesse Moss, director of the feature documentary ‘The Bandit’, the closing night feature at the SF International Film Festival, about 70s superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham, and the making of the 1977 movie ‘Smokey and the Bandit’. Guest Conductor Pablo-Heras-Casado discusses his work at the San Francisco Symphony this week, in works by Haydn, Mozart, Stravinsky and Debussy. And actor Benjamin Scheuer shares details about his one-man coming-of-age show, 'The Lion',  which just opened at ACT’s Strand Theater.

Open Air with David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now  or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Jim van Buskirk and Karen Sundheim about the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Hormel Center at the San Francisco Public Library; Graham Lustig, director of the Oakland Ballet, shares details about the company’s 51st season, which includes the Company’s San Francisco debut. From TheatreWorks, guest director Robert Kelley talks about their new adaptation of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac tale. Violinist/Trad fiddle player Colm O’Riain stops by to talk about the musical tribute to Ireland’s Poet Patriots at Grace Cathedral on April 22nd; and singers Matt Hanscom and Kirk Dougherty talk about their roles in the Opera San José’s production of Andre Previn’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”, which opens this weekend.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday April 14 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…

Jill Steinberg

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Kevin Hauge, Artistic Director for Children’s Musical Theatre San Jose, about their upcoming production of ‘Billy Elliot’. Also, a conversation with Bay Area actress Lorri Holt, who plays the title role in ‘Colette Uncensored’, currently at The Marsh SF, about the famed and infamous French novelist’s passionate quest as a writer, a woman and  a pioneer for social change. Brooklyn-based theater director Julian Crouch and San Francisco composer and musician Saskia Lane share details about the West Coast premiere of , a chamber piece of animated theater about transformation, loneliness, and the urge to fly, created with a sheet of brown paper, found objects, shadows and a box of sand, starting this weekend at Z Below. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson brings us up to date about cultural happenings around the Bay Area.

Open Air with host David Latulippe. Heard live on Thursday, April 7 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Patti Meyer

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Bay Area actor and playwright Brian Copeland, about ‘The Waiting Period’, his ongoing show at The Marsh SF about depression and the 10 days he had to wait before buying the gun he intended to take his own life with. Also on the show is Rachel Rosen, director of programming at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival which starts on April 21. Artistic Director Greg MacKellan stops by to discuss the  42nd Street Moon production of ‘The Boys from Syracuse’, currently at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco; and playwright Peter Nachtrieb discusses “House Tour,” a wild new comedy that opens this week at Z Space.

Brian Copeland's GoFundMe page can be found here...

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 1pm. Listen now or  anytime...

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This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance talks with Director Glenn Havlan about the production of ‘Cymbeline’ by William Shakespeare, which opens this weekend at the Theater of Others in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. Actor Kevin Rolston is on the show to discuss his one-man play ‘Deal With The Dragon’, a modern tale about a talented artist who unwittingly strikes up a Faustian relationship with a handsome and cultivated European gentleman, starting this weekend at The Costume Shop on Market Street in SF. Also stopping by is 17-year old singer/songwriter and jazz vocalist Joshua Tazman, to talk about the upcoming release of his debut EP on April 3 in Berkeley. And Open Air's regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson talks about English film director, producer, screenwriter and editor David Lean, who will be honored with a special event at the Sausalito library, 25 years after his death. 

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; heard live on Thursday, March 24, 2016  at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Adrianna Thompson, artistic director and founder of SOULSKIN Dance, about the company’s 3rd San Francisco season, ‘A Pop Culture Journey: from Folsom Prison to a Night at the Opera’, featuring music from Johnny Cash and Queen, this weekend at Dance Mission Theater. Also stopping by is lead artist and director Rene Yung to discuss the world premiere, this weekend at Fort Mason Center,  of ‘Chinese Whispers: Golden Gate’, a multimedia storytelling theater work that brings to life the experiences of Chinese immigrants in the Bay Area. Clarinetist Brenden Guy and Curious Flights' resident British composer Simon Dobson share details about this Saturday’s ‘Transatlantic Crossings’, a cross-cultural concert program with new works by Dobson and two Bay Area composers, featuring among others the SF Wind Ensemble. Plus, SF Ballet’s Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West talks about the 40th anniversary of the Orchestra which is celebrated with a special concert on March 25.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, March 17 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…

John Pearson

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with conductors Martha Stoddard and Jason Oestenstad (assistant) about their upcoming concert program ‘On American Soil’ with the Oakland Civic Orchestra on March 13. Also, a conversation with actor Jason Stojanovski who stars as an injured athlete in the play “Colossal”, opening next week at San Francisco Playhouse. Lucy Murphy and Ryan Doyle, students of the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, stop by to discuss SOTA’s production of the musical “Cabaret”, in which they play lead roles. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shines his light on the end of "Downton Abbey" and on cultural happenings around the Bay Area.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday March 10, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with playwright and performer Charlie Varon, about his new project ‘Second Time Around’, a duet for Cello and Storyteller in collaboration with cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, which opens at The Marsh San Francisco this weekend. Also, a conversation with Daniel Levenstein, Director of Chamber Music SF, about the new season which continues on March 12 with violinist Sarah Chang. Director Jon Wai-keung Lowe stops by to discuss the West Coast premiere of Tanya Barfield’s ‘The Call’, a play about international adoption and the legal and ethical turmoil it brings to a family, presented by Theatre Rhinoceros at the Eureka Theater in San Francisco. And via phone we check in with classical musicians and comedic duo Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo, about their San Francisco debut on March 13th at Davies Symphony Hall with their show ‘And Now Mozart’. 

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday march 3, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime. 

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires, who makes her San Francisco Symphony debut playing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, with conductor laureate Herbert Blomstedt conducting. Also, a conversation with Elkhanah Pulitzer, the first Director of the new Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, which opens this weekend in the Veteran's Building. Actor Michael Doppe stops by to discuss his lead role in the Foothill Music Theatre production of ‘She Loves Me’, which is based on the same play that inspired the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan feature film 'You’ve Got Mail'. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shines his light on a variety of cultural offerings from around the Bay Area.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, February 24 at 1pm. 

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Casey Lee Hurt and Ian Merrigan from the creative team of ‘The Unfortunates’, a darkly comic musical that currently plays at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater in San Francisco. Also, a conversation with Laura Ellis, Cherie Hill and Kendra Barnes, about the Black Choreographers Festival, which presents its Next Wave Choreographers Showcase this weekend at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco; and Danish-Israeli violinist Nikolaj Znaider shares details about his upcoming performances of the Nielsen Violin Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony under French guest conductor Stéphane Denève.  

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now  or anytime...

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with violinist/conductor Pinchas Zukerman about his current stint at the San Francisco Symphony; cast members Jennifer Forni and Kirk Dougherty from Opera San José’s discuss their current production of Bizet’s opera ‘Carmen’; SF Jazz Director Randall Kline and Opera Parallèle Artistic Director Nicole Paiement share details about their joint production of Terence Blanchard’s ‘Champion: An Opera in Jazz’, which opens next week; musicians Tanya Tomkins and Eric Zivian, founding directors of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival discuss the upcoming Schubert concert at the Green Music Center’s Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State University; And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson muses on Valentine’s Day.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, February 11 at 1pm.

Lance Huntley

This week, director L. Peter Callender talks about the African American Shakespeare Company production of George C. Wolfe’s contemporary, devastating and satirical masterpiece, "The Colored Museum;" you'll also hear about the Cutting Ball Theatre's production of "Ondine" from playwright Katherine Sherman.  Charith Premawardhana updates us on Classical Revolution happenings, we'll have a visit with conductor Masaaki Suzuki, who is making his San Francisco Symphony conducting debut, and regular contributor Peter Robinson previews the Mostly British Film Festival screenings at the Vogue Theater in San Francisco.  Open Air with David Latulippe ~ Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 1pm.

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Joe Estlack and Marilee Talkington about the world premiere of ‘Little Erik’ at the Aurora Theatre Company. 

Freely adapted from Ibsen’s Little Eyolf, this new play, developed at Aurora, grapples with the unsolvable mysterious forces that bind marriage, family, nature, and technology to our deepest hopes and dreams. Also, a conversation with conductor Edwin Outwater, who leads an eclectic program with an ‘exotic’ theme at the San Francisco Symphony, including works by Weber, Busoni, and Hindemith, and Saint-Saëns and featuring pianist Stephen Hough. And we hear from the lead actors from Hillbarn Theatre’s upcoming production of ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’, opening on January 22. 

Open Air with David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, January 28 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

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This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance has an unexpected visit from radio veteran Bob Edwards to discuss his latest venture: podcasting. Violinist and recipient of the 2016 Jeffrey Thomas Award, Tatiana Chulochnikova stops by to talk about her upcoming performances with the American Bach Soloists, and she also plays a Toccata by Bach, live in the studio. We hear about the Palo Alto Player’s production of Arthur Miller’s play ‘Death of a Salesman’ from director Kristen Lo and actor Tim Farrel, who plays Willy Loman. Critic at large Peter Robinson talks about the play ‘Satchmo at the Waldorf’, currently at ACT in San Francisco. And: long time contributor Dianne Keogh says goodbye…

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance. Heard live on 21 January 2016. Listen now or anytime…

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with pianist and actor Hershey Felder who is back in the Bay Area, this time with his one-man show portraying Irving Berlin at Theatreworks Silicon Valley.  Director Bill English stops by to discuss the SF Playhouse production of Jennifer Haley’s ‘The Nether’, which explores the moral and psychological implications of human relationships in an increasingly technological age. Oscar-nominated and Emmy-Award-winning composer Vân-Ánh Võ talks about the premiere of ‘The Odyssey – from Vietnam to America’, a new musical epic about the personal and spiritual journeys of the Boat People escaping war, the resilience of the human spirit and the price of freedom.  And director D’Arcy Drollinger shares details about the return of campy reverse-drag version of ‘Star Trek Live!’ at The Oasis.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on January 14, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

Afshin Odabaee

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Raisa Punkki about the premiere of her dance performance "Salve Regina", a new work that explores the female form and spirit with an original score by Mark Hertensteiner, starting this weekend at NOH Space in San Francisco. Also, a conversation with Chuck Levine, one of the Board members for Jack London State Historic Park, about the Centennial celebration for Bay Area native son and writer Jack London. Soprano Patricia Racette joins in via phone, in honor of the Merola Distinguished Alumni Award that she receives tonight from the Merola Opera Program. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson remembers singer Natalie Cole, who passed away on New Year’s Eve, and he also muses on New Year's resolutions and offers some movie-going suggestions.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on January 7, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

This week a special Christmas Eve edition of Open Air - host David Latulippe shares part of last week’s concerts presented by the New Century Chamber Orchestra with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, "Holiday Lights", with music by JS Bach, Charles Gounod, traditional carols, and a touch of PDQ Bach, recorded live at the Herbst Theater here in San Francisco on Saturday, December 19, 2015.

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